A day of workshops, screening, discussion, and dancing, open to all.
How can the party be a tool for transforming spaces? Can dance be a tool for fairer and more sustainable urban mobility? A year after our series of experimental movement forums, Theatrum Mundi and à la sauvette present a day of dance and discussion, taking you to a Wonderland where these ideas come true.
In the afternoon, two free interactive workshops invite you to open your eyes and body with collective movement led by Takako Hasegawa (Dancing Architects) and Rafael Alvarez (Bodybuilders).
In the evening, we dive deeper into these ideas with readings, discussions, and films by Theatrum Mundi and à la sauvette, asking what role does dance play in the politics of the city? Join the conversation and explore an installation inspired by the dancefloor in the garden of the MNAC. The acts can be experienced individually or in sequence as part of an immersive day in which one gradually dives into Wonderland.
This programme explores the movement in the city, inviting the audience’s immersive participation, in the context of the exhibition Multiplicity.
Act 1 Care – Takako Hasegawa
14h30 – 16h30: Free workshop
How can new forms of interdisciplinarity between city-making and dance-making help engender care for bodies in space? Takako Hasegawa will open up our perceptions to different bodies and experiences in relation to the city, so that the world becomes a kinder place.
Act 2 Body Maps – Rafael Alvarez
17h – 19h: Free workshop
How do our bodies relate to the objects around them, and how do we navigate all of these micro-relationships? Rafael Alvarez sees the body as a map, as a possibility to travel, to come together and to isolate oneself.
Act 3 Wonderland
19h30 — 20h: Topographies of Body and Landscape
Screening of the film documenting a choreographic movement research and spatial experiments during Theatrum Mundi’s Movement Forum Lisbon Lab in October 2021. Produced by Metafilmes and directed by Vítor Hugo Costa.
20h — 21h: Encounters
Book launch on dance, space and politics of movement: documenting Theatrum Mundi’s Movement Forum programme produced as part of the 2021 Future Architecture European Programme. Edited by Fani Kostourou and Elahe Karimnia and published by Theatrum Mundi Editions.
What role can choreography play in challenging mobility injustices? How can we make and protect spaces for transformative movement? Can the dance floor be considered sacred?
We invite 2022-23 LINA Fellow Meriem Chabani to respond to these questions and connect the issues to her work on public, cultural and sacred spaces, and ageing in cities.
Readings from the book Encounters
Fani Kostourou – Theatrum Mundi
Elahe Karimnia – University of the West of England
John Bingham-Hall – Theatrum Mundi
Meriem Chabani – New South
21h — 22h: Moving Layers
Why don’t people dance in the streets today? Through an installation and a DJ set from the Canary Islands, à la sauvette collective and visual artist Carlos S. Peña will challenge our embodied relationship with collective celebrations and physical space.
Theatrum Mundi, à la sauvette
Integrated in the programme of the Saison France Portugal 2022
Co-funded by the Institut Français & Instituto Camões, the Instituto Canario de Desarrollo Cultural, the Centro de Arte La Regenta, and the CCA Gran Canaria-Cabildo de Gran Canaria.
Elahe Karimnia, Rafael Alvarez, Meriem Chabani, Takako Hasegawa
Elahe Karimnia, Fani Kostourou, John Bingham-Hall, Pablo Castillo Luna, Ernesto Ibáñez Galindo, Héctor Suárez